A lucky penny made all the difference for Sue Adams, of Moline.|
In October, she and several friends took a trip to San Diego where they got tickets for "The Price is Right." Not only did she make it onstage for the show, but she left with several prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii.
"When I was standing in line, I found a lucky penny," Ms. Adams said. "It's just like God and (late husband) Keith were with me the whole time."
Ms. Adams was chosen out of 300 audience members after an interview andwas one of six contestants who competed in the Cliffhanger game. Contestants guess the value of an item, and the closest guess wins the item.
Ms. Adams won an iron, salad spinner, Coach pouch, a pair of Gucci sunglasses and a trip for two to Hawaii.
While she was only onstage for ten minutes, Ms. Adams said the feelings were overwhelming.
"I was in a state of shock," she said of seeing them call her name. She kept the poster board they held up with her name on it as a souvenir, along with a picture and other mementos.
"It's nerves that strike you," she said."I was just a nervous wreck."
Audience members were supportive, though.
"I thought the best part was everybody was so for you and (host) Drew (Carey) was wonderful," Ms. Adams said."They were all cheering and praying for each other. It didn't matter that I didn't get in the Showcase."
Out of all the prizes, the Hawaii trip in particular is special to her.
"My other girlfriend Karen, she cried because the trip was for Hawaii," Ms. Adams said.
In 2002, Ms. Adams, her late husband, friend Karen Lemmon and her husband went on a trip to Hawaii for a late honeymoon. Ms. Adams always wanted to go back.
This time, she'll be taking her daughter Jamie along and they'll stay at Turtle Bay Resorts, next to the Polynesian Culture Center, which Ms. Adams visited previously. She hopes to go sometime this fall.
Ms. Adams said to keep it fair she's giving the set of Gucci sunglasses she won to her son and future daughter-in-law.
She had to keep the trip a secret until the show's air date on Dec. 26 and said it was nearly impossible.
"Thank goodness (friends) Karen and Chris knew so we could talk back and forth," Ms. Adams said.
Ms. Adams said it was strange watching herself on TV.
"Some of the things I didn't even really remember," she said."I was glad I didn't do some of the goofy things other people do. But, yes, you do look fatter on TV."
Now, she's waiting to hear from CBS about her prizes. She's hoping to get them within the month.
While the prizes may not have arrived, a bill did.
"Saturday in the mail, I already received what I have to pay for California taxes," she said with a laugh.
Ms. Adams said the trip wouldn't have been the same without her friends and that she never would have won without their help getting her there.
It's not her first time to San Diego, but it's certainly the most memorable.
"My friends made the trip," Ms. Adams said with a big smile.
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